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English Language and Mathematics: GCSE

Question for Department for Education

UIN 213952, tabled on 29 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the decrease in the pass rate for GCSE English and maths resits between 2017 and 2018.

Answered on

4 February 2019

We want every student to secure the English and mathematics knowledge that will enable them to thrive in their studies, work and life. As a result of the changes made and thanks to the efforts of students, teachers, schools and college and across the country a record number of 19 year olds now hold a Level 2 qualification in both Maths and English.

The Department is also investing an additional £50 million over the next 5 years to help improve the quality of post-16 mathematics teaching and spread best practice. It is important that young people have an opportunity to reach their potential and they should be given every opportunity to do this.

The Department will publish data on post-16 students achievement in GCSE English and mathematics for the full 2018/19 academic year and compare it to previous academic years after the 2018/19 academic year concludes. Any assessments undertaken prior to the end of the academic year will not reflect the results of those post-16 students studying GCSE English and mathematics who sit their exams in summer 2019.

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